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placeholder February 5, 2018   •   VOL. 56, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA

Feb. 4: 11 a.m., Mass, St. Joseph's (Old Mission San Jose), Fremont

Feb. 5: Meeting of the bishops of the Metropolitan Province of San Francisco

Feb. 5-13: San Francisco Province Annual Bishops' Retreat, El Retiro Jesuit Retreat House, Los Altos

Feb. 10: 11 a.m., Mass, World Day of the Sick, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      2 p.m., Mass, Adult Confirmation, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      7 p.m., Mass, Celebration of Tet with Vietnamese Community, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 13: Teaching class on parish administration, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.

      5:30 p.m., Appreciation dinner for the outgoing members of the College of Consultors

Feb. 14: 12:10 p.m., Ash Wednesday Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 15: Office meetings, Chancery, Oakland, including Priest Personnel Board, Presbyteral Council, Diocesan Finance Council

Feb. 16: Office meetings, Chancery, Oakland

Feb. 17: 2 p.m., Rite of Election, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      7 p.m., Holy Hour and Confessions for University Catholic Conference of California, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 18: 8 and 9:15 a.m. Masses, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill

      4 p.m., Rite of Election, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      7 p.m., Rite of Election, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Feb. 21: 10 a.m., Mass for Jesuit Retirement Community and Infirmary, Campion Center, Weston, Massachusetts

      4:30 p.m., Mass and Rite of Admission to Candidacy to Sacred Orders, Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, Boston

Feb. 22: 7 a.m., Mass, St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts

Feb. 23: Theological seminar for bishops on "Amoris Laetitia," Santa Clara University

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Retreat at St. Joachim's
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, celebrates Mass at the Pan de Vida youth retreat at St. Joachim Parish, Hayward on Jan. 14.
Rev. Alexander Castillo/Special to The Catholic Voice

Day of Renewal
People meet and greet at the icebreaking opening session of a Day of Renewal hosted by the Faith Formation and Evangelization Department of the Diocese of Oakland at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. The free event brought together youth ministers and confirmation coordinators.
Rev. Alexander Castillo/Special to The Catholic Voice
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Pope Francis greets dancers upon his arrival at the international airport in Trujillo, Peru, Jan. 20.

'Be the saints of the 21st century'

LIMA, Peru (CNA) - On his last day in Peru, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Jesus, who embraces the poor and suffering, and brings hope.

The Pope urged Peru's youth to look to their grandparents and elders in order to discover "the DNA that guided their great saints," telling them "do not lose your roots! And you, grandparents and elders, keep passing on to the new generations the traditions of your people and the wisdom that charts the path to heaven."

Pope Francis offered Mass at Lima's Las Palmas Airbase on Jan. 21, his last day in Peru, bringing an end to his Jan. 15-21 tour of South America, which also included a three-day visit to Chile.

After Mass, Pope Francis thanked all those who helped organize his visit, including Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the country's civil authorities and the many volunteers who dedicated their time.

Francis noted that he began his trip by speaking of Peru as a land of hope, which he said comes from the country's rich biodiversity, its various cultures and traditions, and because of its youth, "who are not the future but the present of Peru."

Turn to Mary
A relationship with Mary, the mother of God, is not "optional" for Christians, Pope Francis said, because Jesus points to her as a source of protection and guidance. Wherever people have opened their doors to Mary, "the devil doesn't come in; wherever the Mother Mary is, turmoil will not prevail, fear will not win. Who among us doesn't need this? Who among us is not sometimes in distress or worried?" he asked in a morning homily Jan. 28.

Training for mission
Catholic university programs in philosophy, theology and canon law — especially those designed for future priests — must be marked by fidelity to church tradition, academic rigor and an awareness of the challenges to belief in the modern world, Pope Francis said. In the apostolic constitution "Veritatis Gaudium" ("The Joy of Truth"), the pope issued revised norms for what are known as "ecclesiastical universities and faculties" — those that grant Vatican-recognized degrees, which are necessary for teaching most philosophy, theology and canon law courses in seminaries and pontifical universities.

Fight hatred, violence
Individuals and governments must fight indifference and be actively prepared to respond to discrimination, hatred and violence, particularly anti-Semitism, Pope Francis said. "May we help one another in turn to grow a culture of responsibility, of memory and of closeness, and to establish an alliance against indifference, against every form of indifference," he told leaders and experts attending a global gathering on anti-Semitism.

Persecution unacceptable
All people have a right to freely profess their own religious beliefs without fear of duress, Pope Francis said, calling on the world community to do more to protect the Yezidi minority. "It is unacceptable that human beings are persecuted and killed because of their religion," he told a group of Yezidis during a private audience at the Vatican Jan. 24.

Catholic News Service

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